RBNW....new and improved!
Nov 26, 2012 7:35pm
Re: ramble on rose
check out this review from dr. flashback on this show, i think this applies over and over and over throughout this fine collection of treasure!! .... it is so true.!!
I think one of the gifts I've received from the years of listening to this music is how the Dead challenge you go beyond the boundaries of your familiar musical taste. No doubt thousands have been turned on to jazz, roots blues, or other genres that they might have shunned if were not for the Grateful Dead's influence.
And "further", within the canon of some 30 years of Dead shows, each period has it's own unique sound and style. Pigpen lovers and fans of 1968 have a hard time embracing the sound of 1990 shows. I too, tended to be a 1968-1974 only listener for many years.
But there's a real thrill awaiting those that dare peek over the fence of their musical backyards - into new uncharted Dead territory.
You discover there are gems waiting to be heard everywhere, like Easter eggs.
Such is the case with 1984, and so especially this show. The last of 3 nights at the magical Greek. And although many would expect me to pick the 7/13 show, with the Dark Star - the playing all throughout this show is really exceptional. Some go as far as calling this one of the best of the 80's period. Hard to argue too much on that. Listen and see!!
A Dancin opener is a nice surprise, and makes me immediately think of 1979, which featured Dancin as an opener many times. One of the reasons why I like this show so much is the somewhat unique song list. Bird Song as #2 ?? Wow.
And nicely jammed it is. Jerry is warmed up already. Minglewood gets things smoking. And Cumberland really shifts to an up tempo mode. The interplay between Jerry and Brent is exciting. Back to Jazz Dead with "Esau". Not my favorite song, but Jerry's leads make it a tasty diversion nonetheless.
Ramble on Rose and Bucket are delivered with conviction, and note that Jerry's voice is in pretty good shape here on Ramble. Just the right amount of rugged. His guitar work on Bucket is scorching - too bad he's a little low in the mix. Some things even Mr. Miller can't fix!
However, by Set Two, Jerry's mix problems seem to have vanished and he comes through loud and clear. Lucky you - his finger-twisting mind-bending noodling here sounds more like 1974 than 1984. Every note is HIT. Ditto his voice. And Phil fans - turn it up. He has a very active role in the post-verse jams in China Cat. Rider is taken at a breakneck pace, at least for the 80's. Has the effect of a strong pot of coffee.
Playin, although shorter than I like (less than 10 min.) really sets up the pinnacle of the show. After the verse, a meditative jam ensues with Garcia painting in short bursts of wah-wah, while Phil, Bobby and Brent create a poly-rhythmic background. This is the band that pulled Dark Star out of oblivion 2 nights before. They gradually bring the ship down to earth, and into the coda of the Playin theme (sans verse) and then Jerry proceeds to artfully juggle the theme into the opening of Uncle John's Band. Beautiful! And I imagine quite a thrill for those in attendance. They nail the vocals. Then proceed to give you a 10 minute version of a magically jammed out UJB that will make you lose time and space. Notes inside of notes, colors inside of sounds. Really shows that the Dead could still pull out a 1974 quality jam when they wanted to.
Space is mostly mellow, with a quiet jam that gets very bendy near the end. China Doll is heart stopping. Jerry really delivers the goods, both vocally and with passionate buzz-saw leads that turn into sweet soaring birds. The rest, as they say, is gravy. Brokedown is almost too much.
A real standout show for this period. And also a superb sounding SBD in a year not usually known for A+ quality audio. Thanks Charlie!!
Check this one out if you're not into 1984 yet. Hope it brings a smile.
Dr. Flashback :-)